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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "MRS. BARBARA H"<>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:14:21 -0800

From: International Award Dept.
Reference Number: FL/1660/015/USA.
Batch Number: FIL/2565845/02-15.EU
Date: 18th Febuary, 2019

We are Pleased to inform you of the result of the French Lotto Promotion Programs held on 30TH, January, 2019. Due to the mix up of numbers and addresses, the results were released on the 18TH, Febuary, 2019. All Participants were selected through a computer ballots system drawn from an exclusive list of 125,000 names of individuals from Asia, Middle East and United States data base. This program was designed to promote and encourage Tourism in our country. Your name entered in the lottery program attached to ticket number 031-1127 with serial number 80745-3 Drew the lucky numbers which consequently won in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of US$1,660,000.00 (ONE MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY THOUSAND, US DOLLARS ONLY) in a certified bank Check number 008771 Credited to File REF N0: FL/1660/015/UA. This is from a Total Cash Prize of $24,900.000.00 (TWENTY-FOUR MILLION, NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY) shared among the Fifteen (15) international winners in this category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

Your fund is now deposited with a reliable Bank and insured in your name, with insurance bond policy coverage to avoid any deduction or unexpected litigation. Due to Corruption and mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim is processed and your winning Prize paid to you, as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants. We are compelled to work together with an international reliable Financial Consultant to ensure a transparent claiming process and also to avoid unnecessary delay in release of your winning prize. You are therefore advised to contact our financial consultant in our affiliated office in Spain Mr. Oliver Francis via E-maiI: for processing and release of your prize money into your bank account or a Certified Bank Check deliver to your address as stated at the back of this Envelope. You may be required to fly to Paris, and sign the funds release documents and pick up your check or nominate an account for bank wire transfer, if you are not in good condition to fly, liaise immediately with Mr. Oliver Francis for his directives. Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 10th APRIL, 2019. After this date, all funds will be returned to the ESCROW ACCOUNT of the FRANCAISE DES JEUX (LOTTERY) as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your Reference claim and Check number in every of your correspondence with us or our Financial consultant. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do notify Mr. Francis as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotion program.

Yours Sincerely,


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